Occupying the ground floor of the West Wing of a significant Grade II-listed building, this wonderful two-bedroom apartment extends to over 1,250 sq ft. An array of private amenities are at the residents’ disposal, including extensive parkland, a swimming pool, leisure facilities and two private parking spots. Thoughtfully re-imagined under the current ownership, the home underwent a complete refurbishment in 2017, which celebrates the history of the surrounding building while creating a home suitable for contemporary living.
Setting the Scene
Victoria Court has had a fascinating and rich history, with many a royal connection. The expansive Jacobean Revival estate was constructed circa 1853 and was originally intended as a centre for convalescence and healing. The grounds and building were sensitively converted into private apartments with leisure facilities in 2000. For more information, please see the History section below.
The Grand Tour
The apartment is oriented around a wonderfully spacious reception room with voluminous ceiling heights and dual aspect windows. A spectacular bay window casts light across bespoke cabinetry; Italian flagstone runs underfoot.
An elegantly proportioned hallway runs the length of the home, offering both ample storage with bespoke cabinetry and additional living space to enjoy a morning coffee by the home’s large picture windows. A charming kitchen and breakfast area sits at the end of the hallway, featuring painted wooden cabinetry, stone worktops and a dual aspect view of the surrounding grounds.
The main double bedroom suite offers beautiful bespoke cabinetry with cut-in grilles and classical detailing; the en suite bathroom has a full-size bath with overhead shower, basin and WC; Italian natural stone tiling continues throughout. A well-proportioned second bedroom sits adjacent, with more fitted cabinetry and an en suite shower room.
Victoria Court’s extensive leisure facilities are a truly unique aspect of the development. Beneath an original Victorian vaulted ceiling sits the health and wellbeing centre, where residents can enjoy a private swimming pool and gym in a truly grand setting. Additionally, there are separate changing rooms, personal training available and a separate Gothic library at the owner’s disposal — additionally, the home benefits from two allocated parking spaces, entry phone access and 24-hour security.
The Great Outdoors
The main house is set within beautifully manicured parkland, which offers a private oasis of sweeping lawns and long vistas, perfect for entertaining or a moment of contemplation while on one of the many walks on offer.
Out and About
An abundance of well-revered state and independent schools are within a stone’s throw of the home, with a good range of local amenities available in Reigate and Redhill town centre. Nutfield Priory Hotel and Spa is perfect for a spot of afternoon tea or pamper day, with nearby Reigate and its acclaimed Buenos Aires Argentine restaurant and gastro pubs Brouge and The Pheasant also being within reach.
Located in an ever desirable part of Redhill, Royal Earlswood Park sits some 1.4 miles from Earlswood station and provides excellent connections to the capital (frequent services run to both London Bridge and Victoria). The M25 and M23 are both within reach and provide immediate access to London and nearby Gatwick.
Lease Length: approx. 112 years remaining
Service Charge: approx. £4,000 per annum
Ground Rent: approx. £200 per annum
Council Tax Band: D
Victoria Court was conceived in 1847 as a convalescence centre for healing. The theory that fresh air helped miasmic conditions was a pivotal idea in early Victorian medicine, which heavily influenced the architecture of convalescence centres and hospitals. The result was air-filled spaces with an abundance of light and good ventilation.
Built in 1853 from the proceeds of a 250 Guinea donation by Queen Victoria, on behalf of the Prince of Wales, Victoria Court was designed by William Bonython Moffat and built by John Day.
Prince Albert laid the foundation stone in June 1853, and some years later, in 1862, Queen Victoria conferred a Royal Charter on the hospital.
One notable resident of the hospital was artist James Henry Pullen, whose time there spurred and supported his artistic talents in wood carving (Pullen’s model of SS Great Eastern was eventually displayed at Crystal Palace). After Pullen’s death in 1916, his workshop became a dedicated museum set within Victoria Court. Upon its closure in 1997, the works formed part of a permanent exhibition named the James Henry Pullen Collection at the Langdon Down Centre, which included his designs and artwork created during his time at the hospital.
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